FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2013
BEAR FESTIVAL REVEALS
2013 LIST OF SPONSORS
A total of 13 major sponsors have signed on for Dahlonega's 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, which will take place the weekend of April 20-21.
"We are pleased to have an impressive list of both returning and new sponsors from the local and area business community," said Richard Davidow, who heads up the Sponsor Opportunities program for the non-profit festival organization. "This shows that our festival not only has a strong local following and is well regarded in the business community."
Glenda Pender, president of Bear on the Square Mountain Festival Inc., expressed appreciation to the festival's major sponsors for their vital role in making the event possible each year, “Bear on the Square celebrates traditional mountain music and art, and our sponsors' vital support helps to keep alive the heritage of these mountains, a treasure we don't want to let slip away from us. The festival is a non-profit organization, with all proceeds going back into presenting the yearly event and also supporting other efforts to maintain awareness of our regional culture."
The Pender Family continues as the festival's Founding Sponsor. This sponsorship is in memory of Nick Pender, one of the original founders of Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, who passed away in August 2004, and it honors Nick’s request that he be remembered every year through a family sponsorship.
The internationally-renowned John C. Campbell Folk School (www.folkschool.org) of Brasstown, N. C., is currently serving as Festival Sponsor. The school has been a major sponsor of Bear on the Square for the past five years. Davidow said that the folk school is a perfect fit for this role, since throughout its long history, it has promoted the region by offering instruction in performing arts, agriculture and crafts rooted in the traditions of Southern Appalachia and other cultures of the world.
Food Court Sponsor for the sixth year is Norman Adams Insurance, which has its offices on Dahlonega's Historic Public Square and is now affiliated with Country Financial (www.countryfinancial.com). Founded in 1961 by Norman Adams, the business has been run on a day-by-day basis since 2000 by Donna Logan.
Marketplace Sponsor for the second time is BB&T (www.bbt.com). BB&T, which dates back to 1872, has nearly 1,850 financial centers, including two Dahlonega locations. Jennifer Herring, the bank's Dahlonega financial center leader, said the bank is bringing back the BB&T Homeownership Mobile eBus to the festival. This retrofitted mobile technology lab will allow individuals who come aboard to benefit from one-on-one counseling with BB&T representatives; have access to online tools (mortgage payment calculators, guides to find homes, online banking tutorials; get free credit reports; and get other resource information.)
Children's Program Sponsor is new sponsor Giggle Monkey Toys (www.facebook.com/GiggleMonkeyToys), which was opened by Adam and Karen Shepherd in October 2011 and is located on the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, The locally-owned store carries many well known brands and has the newest and upcoming toys as well as the classic toys everyone knows and loves.
MainStage Co-Sponsors for the second year are The Home Depot of Dahlonega and Douglas A. Singleton CPA, PC. Home Depot (www.HomeDepot.com) is co-sponsoring the mainstage for the second year in a row. Festival sponsorship is by the local Dahlonega Home Depot store which not only provides financial support but also has a number of enthusiastic local store associates who volunteer their time, expertise and assistance with festival setup. The store will once again operate a toy-making booth, run by local store associates, which proved to be a highly popular Bear children’s attraction last year.
Douglas A. Singleton CPA, PC, has 28 years of experience in accounting, auditing and tax preparation, both business and personal tax. He prepares compiled, reviewed and audited financial statements, provides all areas of accounting services and represents taxpayers in all tax matters before IRS and state government. He and his wife Ann are Dahlonega residents and avid musicians.
Workshops Sponsors for the second time are Shenanigans Irish Pub (theshenaniganspub.com), Dahlonega's only Irish pub, and The Bourbon Street Grille (www.thebourbonstreetgrille.com), a Cajun-inspired restaurant, both located on or just next to the Historic Public Square. Shenanigan's and The Bourbon Street Grille will once again cater the food for the Live Country Auction on Friday night of Bear on the Square weekend.
Master Classes Sponsor once again is The SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA). A non-profit organization composed of fans, musicians, promoters, vendors and friends of Bluegrass Music, SEBA (www.sebabluegrass.org) works to preserve, promote, and publicize bluegrass music, performers and activities, and serve as an information source through its newsletter and website. New SEBA President Dan Daniel is expected to be helping operate the organization's booth during the Bear festival.
Artist Sponsors include Northside Hospital Forsyth and The Smith House Restaurant and Inn in Dahlonega. New sponsor Northside Hospital Forsyth (www.northside.com/forsyth), which is sponsoring festival headliner Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen, is located just off Georgia 400 in Cumming. The hospital is staffed by 450 physicians and some 1,400 healthcare specialists, serving the community with a myriad of services. The hospital incorporates a recently expanded state-of-the-art 108,000 square foot Women's Center.
The Smith House (www.smithhouse.com), which is sponsoring the Sons of Bluegrass, dates back to 1895, when an acre of land east of the town square was purchased for the home of Captain Frank W. Hall. Over the years, this property has become one of the region's best known restaurants and inns.
Heritage Sponsor once again is Billy Roper Folk Art (www.billyroperart.com). A famed, self taught North Georgia folk artist, Billy Roper is an important contributor to the festival’s annual Live Country Auction and his work is in art collections throughout the United States and in over 30 countries.
Folklife Sponsor is the Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia. The center (www.northgeorgia.edu/gasc) is designated by the Georgia General Assembly to serve as the state's official center for the study of Appalachia, having a mission to educate students and the community about Southern Appalachian culture through art, history, music, and nature. UNG now offers a minor in Appalachian Studies and the center, located in the Historic Vickery House, serves as a classroom venue and learning resource center for students with this minor as well as the entire university and Dahlonega community.
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival Inc., which stages the festival each year, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit cultural arts organization whose mission is to preserve and celebrate the culture of the Southern Appalachians through the presentation of music, traditional craft, and folkways. Tax deductible donations are welcome and can be sent to P.O. Box 338, Dahlonega, GA 30533.